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100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? dependable and terrific
What are the cons? none
Last year was a terrible melon year for us due to the weather but the Collective Farm Woman thrived and produced loads of wonderful melons. This is the only melon we like well enough to save the seed and we grow many varieties.
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10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Flavor
I was a bit hesitant to purchase the seeds - the description in the catalog wasn't as exciting and adoring as other melons. So glad I purchased this one though - the best melon I have ever grown. I'm growing 5 types of melons this year and so far, this is the best (have yet to pick 3 species so can't say that is my final answer). Sweet and crispy - I only planted 1 hill with these (2 plants) and got 4 melons. So next year I'm definitely planting more. All of my melons were a bit late this year, but this one was the first that I picked. Definitely recommend.
12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:
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I'm giving this four stars because in more melon friendly weather locations, there might be better options. However, where I live, it's usually too cool with too short a season to grow melons, and this was my first melon success. I've read on blogs of them ripening and slipping off the vine - perhaps this happens in hotter climates. Mine started bursting open before they were ripe, so I began picking them when they lightened and got white striping, or any yellow striping. Then I let them ripen in a cool dark place until they finished turning color. The flavor is different in areas which aren't yellow but both flavors are good.
Nice compact vine. Tolerates weird Colorado weather. Delicious melon flavor. I will definitely be growing these again!
I grew this melon last year along with some other early maturing varieties. I over planted and really ignored my melons. The soil was so-so lightly amended with mushroom compost and complete organic fertilizer. It received plenty of water because it was next to plants I was more interested in. Last summer was cold except for a few days of brutal heat. The melon beds were not weeded very much either.Around the beginning of September I was surprised to find 2 then three then 4 melons hidden in the weeds. The flesh resembled cucumber and was outstandingly sweet.I used nothing to heat up the soil. No black plastic or hoop houses which is normally necessary in Western Washington. It did very well in spite of considerable neglect on my part. I'm looking forward to this year's harvest.